Shahed taken to Khulna

ACC files another embezzlement case

Muktadir Rashid and Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:56, Jul 28,2020


Shahed Karim

The Rapid Action Battalion took Regent Group chairman Shahed Karim alias Mohammad Shahed to Khulna on Monday, the first day of his 38-day remand in police custody in cases filed with different police stations in Dhaka and Satkhira.

A Dhaka metropolitan magistrate court on Sunday remanded Shahed in police custody for 38 days and his Regent Group managing director Masud Parvez for 21 days for interrogation.

‘Our investigator has received him and will follow next course of action as per the law,’ said the RAB-6 commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Rowshan Firoz.

Shahed was arrested in Satkhira on July 15 in a case filed over COVID-19 test scam and other irregularities. The RAB-6 filed a case under the arms act as he was captured with the weapon while the RAB claimed he was trying to enter India to avoid arrest.

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday filed another case against Shahed and three others on charge of embezzling Tk 2.71 crore form Padma Bank Ltd, former Farmers Bank Ltd.

The three other accused are the bank’s former audit committee chairman Mahbubul Haque Chisty, his son Bakshiganj Jute Spinners Ltd managing director M Rashedul Haque Chishty and Regent Hospital managing director M Ibrahim Khalil.

The commission’s deputy assistant director Mohammad Shahjahan Miraj filed the case with its Dhaka-1 integrated office, said its director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

According to the complaint, Shahed took loan from the bank’s Gulshan branch in January 2015 and swindled the amount that now stated as Tk 2.71 crore including interest.

On July 22, the commission filed a case against four people, including Shahed, on charge of swindling about Tk 1.51 crore from NRB Bank Ltd through loan forgery.

The other accused are Regent Hospital managing director Ibrahim Khalil, former NRB Bank principal officer M Sohanur Rahman and its SME Banking vice-president Wahid Bin Ahmed.

According to the case statement, without depositing any money, Shahed opened a current account with the NRB Bank’s SME department on November 17, 2014.

On July 6, RAB conducted separate drives at the Uttara and Mirpur branches of Regent Hospital and arrested eight people for issuing fake COVID-19 test certificates and collecting money from COVID-19 patients. On July 7, the RAB filed a case against 17 people, including Shahed.

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